Friday, August 12, 2022

Bob Jones Nature Center Brown Bag Book Club

Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence On Your Health, Happiness & Vitality By Eva M. Selhub & Alan C. Logan

This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to improve the health, especially mental health, of themselves, their family, students, community, or business.

The authors delve into the subject of the “mentally rejuvenating and uplifting power of nature” that poets ad nature writers have been telling us about for ages.  The authors look at the science behind our relationship with nature, presenting all the latest research that answers the questions “to what extent is our relationship with nature imprinted in our neurons” and “to what extent does nature immersion and deprivation work for or against the individual?”It is highly recommended to keep a journal about your own connection to nature as you read and discuss this book.

This book is available as a Kindle edition or with the Kindle application on you e-reader or PC.

The reading schedule for the Your Brain on Nature book discussion is as follows.

1st Friday, 7/26 – Introduction & Chapter 1

2nd Friday, 8/2 – Chapters 2 & 3

3rd Friday, 8/9 – Chapters 4 & 5

4th Friday, 8/16 – Chapters 6 & 7

5th Fridy, 8/23 – Chapters 8 & 9

Cost:  Free for members, Small donation for non-members
Date:  Discussions are on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and will begin on July 26 and end on August 23.

Composting: Can You Dig It?

Nature recycles and replenishes the soil of the forests and prairies.  Come out and see how your garden and yard can benefit from this natural process using leaves and other compostable materials

By composting kitchen wastes as well as leaves and grass, households are recycling and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills and creating greener gardens, healthier lawns, and Eco-friendly living.

Join Master Composter and Master Gardener, Charlie Shiner, for a series of free 2-hour workshops this spring and summer at the Bob Jones Nature Center. If you miss a workshop, join us for the next one as each class stands alone! Charlie has taught composting workshops in the Arlington, Fort Worth, and Southlake area for over seven years. His presentation is full of practical tips and techniques on creating a successful home composting area.

Teresa Moss, Executive Director of Bob Jones Nature Center says, “Charlie Shiner is a master composter extraordinaire!  Workshop participants will walk away with the knowledge and confidence needed to develop a compost system at home and reap the satisfaction of knowing that they are taking a step to living a more natural, healthy, and green lifestyle” Check out the following dates and times to get involved:

Workshop Dates & Times

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

Saturday, May 11
Wednesday, May 15
Saturday June 8
Wednesday, June 12
Saturday, July 13
Wednesday, July 17
Saturday, August 10
Wednesday, August 14

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center

Cost: FREE!

For more information, contact the
Bob Jones Nature Center
817.491.6333 or visit



Updates from Bob Jones Nature Center

Great Backyard Bird Count Activities at the Bob Jones Nature Center

Join the Bob Jones Nature Center for Great Backyard Bird Count activities February 15-17, 2013. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event in association with the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird lovers of all ages and skill levels participate in counting birds to assist scientists in developing a “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Schedule of Activities:

Friday, February 15, 2013
Guided Bird Hike – Dr. Ray Chancellor, Southlake Ornithological Society
Quail Creek Trail 8:00 am

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Guided Bird Hike – Dr. Ray Chancellor, Southlake Ornithological Society
Bob Jones Park Trail 8:00 am

Sunday, February 17, 2013
“Bird Friendly Communities” Presentation & Guided Bird Hike – Dr. Tania Homayoun, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Bob Jones Nature Center 2:00 pm
$5.00/BJNC Members $10.00/Nonmembers
Reservations are required! Limited to the first 60 registrants.
Bring your binoculars and wear appropriate trail hiking attire.
Register online at

For more information contact or visit the Bob Jones Nature Center website at

Photo Contest Deadline March 16, 2013

The Bob Jones Nature Center photo contest recognizes the best photographs taken at the nature center and preserve. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels. There are 5 divisions; 2 for children by age and 3 for adults by level of experience and skill. Photos can be of landscapes, wildlife, natural objects, and more. Each entry helps support the nature center. Submitted photos are displayed in the Southlake Library and the Nature Center. Prizes are awarded.

For more information, go the Bob Jones Nature Center website,